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John the Eel Trapper

John the Eel Trapper. © NFTS

Director Toni de Bromhead
Country/Production UK
Release 1982
Length 28 mins
Format Colour / DVD or VHS / PAL / All region
Location UK, East Anglia / Europe
Ethnic Group English
Comments Joint purchase with Smoke recommended

Order No RAI-200.215
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The fens of East Anglia provide the scenery for this documentary. At the centre of the film is John, a solitary character, who makes his living by trapping eels in the numerous canals of the area. We see him at work and narrating his own story. Eel trapping is illegal, so he is always on the run: this is a tale of poaching, a traditional craft, and the influence of the modern state on the individual.

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